The hotel grand palace was very close to the subway. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. the rooms were clean and a very good size, especially for Japan. The newspaper is delivered to your room every day. I would recommend anyone to stay here.
I would recommend staying here if you are interested in Art Deco, Tokyo's 20th century past, or just an interesting experience. I stayed here because it has a beautiful Art Deco exterior, and was (is?) a hangout for the literati of Tokyo. The hotel interior gives the impression of being a bit tired. But that is because it is all from the 1950s (?). My room was comfortable; but a bit dowdy. The area around the hotel has many trees. It was a novel experience to wake up in Tokyo to the sound of birdsong! At night I was lulled to sleep by someone playing jazz in the Meiji University dorms adjacent to the hotel. Don't stay in the annex; nothing to recommend it. I'm not sure that I would stay here if you are just coming for tourism and want a modern affordable hotel.
If you are coming to Tokyo on the Narita Express, get off at Tokyo station, and change to the Chuo JR line. Go to Ochanomizu (Water for Tea...nice name!). Go out of the station at the Meiji University side. The hotel is 10 minutes walk. It's a hilly area (hence name of hotel). It's an easier walk if you go past the Kandasurugadai post office, and take a left. Have a look at the map inside the station before you exit.
This is a great area. There are many used book stores, some of which specialize in European languages. Also many musical instrument stores. Since it is a university area, there are many cheap restaurants; Japanese,Indian, Thai, Chinese, and hamburgers. There are also many bars and coffee houses.
Yes, the rooms are small, as expected at any Japanese hotel, but super clean, comfortable, and equipped with a fridge! The front desk staff don't speak much English, but plenty enough to check us in, provide us with an area map, and recommend a place to eat. In addition to the five restaurants and bars in the hotel, there's a convenience store across the street, and a yummy bakery one block from the hotel straight out the front door toward the main road. When we walked downstairs with our empty beverage bottles, TWO bell hops approached us to take our trash to recycle. Once, I came to the desk with a question during a tour bus arrival -- a busy time to be sure -- and a staff member stopped his scurrying to notice me and answer my question! It's only a ten minute walk or 170yen 1-stop subway ride to the Chiyoda/Kitanomaru Park moat to see the cherry trees blooming right now.
The room was small, but the design was well thought out. The furnishings seemed new, and the bed was comfortable. The cleaning was impeccable. Room had all necessary amenities, including hair dryer, fridge, kettle, and even a small bathtub. There were large bottles of shampoo and soap and conditioner, and amenities like a toothbrush, and even a hair elastic. The area is well-connected and there are lots of restaurants and convenience stores within an easy walk. I would definitely recommend.
A neighborhood of universities and schools, this area shares the city’s Chiyoda Ward with Otemachi, which is the former site of Shibazaki, the most ancient part of Tokyo. It also offers easy access to the Imperial Palace, home of the emperor and imperial family, and East Gardens, which are open to the public.
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